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Leaders are readers


I love my bookshelf and I love my books.

And, as beautiful as they are, it’s not that I love the way they look parked on my shelf.

I love the knowledge, wisdom and actionable advice I have gained over the years through the reading of great books.

In conjunction with great teachers who have mentored me personally, the hundreds of mentors I’ve had through books

have also sown into the leader I am and indeed the development of our whole Blackbelt Leadership program at KMMA.


Last week a friend asked me to recommend a few of my favorite books as a great place for him to start reading.

It’s an important question so I took a day or two to ponder.

I decided to create a list of the 12 books that I feel have most infliuenced my life and leadership.

Someone serious about growth could spend a year reading one a month and it would be life changing.


The hard part, of course, was sorting through so many great books to pick only 12.

Thee are the ones that made the cut:


  1. The Bible
  2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Dr. Stephen Covey
  3. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell
  4. Goals! by Brian Tracy
  5. The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson and/or The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
  6. Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink
  7. Atomic Habits by James Clear
  8. Think & Grow Rich by Napolean Hill
  9. Personality Plus by Florence Littauer
  10. The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale
  11. The Twelve Pillars by Jim Rohn
  12. Developing Your Superpower by me :).  I had to include my own first book. 

Speaking of my book, check out my latest podcast wherein Senior Master Greg Moody interviews me about it.


Prepare To Live, Empower To Lead!

Grand Master Stephen J. Del Castillo
Author, MBA & 7th Degree Blackbelt
Founder & Chief Master Instructor,
Krav Maga Martial Arts



———————————————————————————————————————- and Krav Maga Martial Arts have been empowering lives through the martial arts in the Tampa Bay area for 20 years!

Founded in 2000 by Grandmaster Stephen J. Del Castillo, a 7th degree Black Belt and Sr. Master Instructor, Krav Maga Martial Arts and Karate lessons for pre-school children ages 3-6 and elementary age kids ages 7 and up are designed to develop the critical building blocks kids need – specialized for their age group – for school excellence and later success in life.

Krav Maga Martial Arts Adult Krav Maga training is a complete adult self defense, fitness, and conditioning program for adults who want to learn real world self defense, lose weight, and/or get (and stay in shape).

If you have any questions about our program, or would like to go ahead redeem your 2 weeks FREE, you can call us anytime at 813-547-6368 or visit our Krav Maga Martial Arts website.

About Grandmaster Stephen J. Del Castillo: Grandmaster Del Castillo is the founding Master Instructor of Krav Maga Martial Arts and has been empowering lives in Pasco and Hillsborough Counties since October of 2000. He is a 7th degree Blackbelt, MBA, author, mentor and success coach, a US Army Veteran and a proud father and grandfather. He is married to Ms. Barbara Del Castillo who helps him run the school. Grand Master Del Castillo began his training in the early 80’s and has high level blackbelts in Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Premier Martial Arts and Krav Maga Martial Arts as well as experience in kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do and Jiujitsu. He has high level instructor certifications from BBSI, IKMF, and KMG and has been featured in numerous Martial Arts publications and also Success magazine. He was a competitive sport karate and American Kickboxing instructor until he enlisted in the US Army where he served in the 82nd Airborne Division, where he won an Army Green to Gold scholarship and proceeded to ROTC and the University of Tampa. He was commisioned in 1992 and went on to serve in Germany with the 3rd Infantry Division and then in several other posts in the US until he left military service to pursue his dream of creating KMMA in 2000.

The Krav MagaMartial Arts Headquarters is in Lutz, FL at 1900 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., 33549. Krav Maga Martial Arts serves Lutz, Land O’ Lakes, Wesley Chapel, and surrounding areas.

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